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5th person arrested in 4th of July killing, explosion in Hamden

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HAMDEN — The fifth and final suspect has been arrested in connection with an explosion and homicide in Hamden on July 4.

Just before 11 a.m. Tuesday morning, Maurice Wearing, 26, was taken into custody at Milford Adult Probation in Milford.  Wearing will appear in Milford Superior Court Tuesday afternoon.

He’s accused of conspiracy to commit murder, hindering prosecution, and tampering with evidence.

Police say Christopher Miller shot his roommate, Edward Brooks, in West Haven, then drove his body to Hamden and attempted to blow it up with explosives.

Miller, 40, faces 10 charges including murder, criminal use of a firearm, and criminal possession of an explosive. Investigators say he has a criminal history, including past convictions. He is being held on $1 million bond.

Three other roommates were arrested on separate charges Monday. Police were still searching for Wearing until they caught up with him Tuesday.

When police searched the victim’s home on Front Street in West Haven, they found materials to make a pipe bomb, 16 grams of cocaine, and 10 grams of meth.

James Bryant, 64, faces charges including tampering with evidence.

Miller’s girlfriend Natali Martinez-Sanchez, 29, faces charges including tampering with evidence and conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.

Miller’s mother Deborah Miller, 59, was charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.


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